Indonesia morning news for March 11

Indonesia morning news for March 11

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia confirms first possible COVID-19 community transmission as cases rise to 27
Indonesia reported the first possible community transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the country on Tuesday, after a citizen with no link to certain confirmed cases or travel history to affected countries tested positive for the virus.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Send 30 Large Fishing Vessels to North Natuna Sea
Indonesia will send 30 large fishing vessels from the nothern Javanese coast – an area known locally as Pantura – to the North Natuna Sea to help assert the country’s sovereignty over the stretch of ocean claimed by China and christened the South China Sea by the Asian giant.
— Jakarta Globe

State budget deficit may pass 3 percent ceiling if situation gets worse, analyst warns
Indonesia’s state budget deficit may surpass the 3 percent ceiling this year as the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and a sharp drop in oil prices could further worsen Indonesia’s economic outlook, a senior economist is warning.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Receives Prince Diponegoro’s Kris from Dutch King
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo received a gold-inlaid kris belonged to Prince Diponegoro from Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java today, March 10.

HIV drug shortage hits Indonesian cities, regencies as ministry procures supply
Civil society groups assisting HIV patients in the country have reported a shortage of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in dozens of cities and regencies as the government restocks the imported medicine.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Have Covid-19 Quarantine Facility Ready by March-end
– The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry said the building facility that will serve as observation, shelter and quarantine center for infectious diseases, including the new coronavirus or Covid-19, will be completed at the end of March.

Jokowi, Dutch King Sign US$1bn Bilateral Deal
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had a bilateral meeting with Dutch King Willem-Alexander at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java on Tuesday, March 10, during which they signed a business deal worth US$1 billion.

Government has adequate protective gear for COVID-19
The government has prepared an adequate supply of self-protective gear for medical staff who handled coronavirus patients and called on hospitals that run out of gear to request additional stock for provincial health offices.
— Antara News

Jakarta Earmarks Rp54bn to Stop COVID-19 from Spreading
Jakarta provincial administration allocated an unexpected budget totaling Rp54 billion to mitigate the new coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak.

‘We have many tanks to fill’: Indonesia to make the most out of globally low oil prices
Indonesia aims to make the most out of falling global crude oil prices by fulfilling domestic oil demand without swelling the country’s gaping and growing trade deficit.
— The Jakarta Post

12 Acehnese detained by Indian Navy for poaching
Twelve Acehnese fishermen were detained by the Indian Navy in the waters off Nicobar Island in the eastern Indian Ocean for poaching.
— Antara News

Indonesia Not Disclosing Covid-19 Contact Tracing
The Indonesian government is not disclosing the contact tracing data of people who had interacted with confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Indonesian bourse caps stock drops at 10% as equities start to rebound after bruising day
The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has issued a new regulation that allows stocks, at all price ranges, to fall by a maximum of 10 percent in an effort to anchor the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) after a deep drop on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Two COVID-19 Patients Tested Negative Yet Still Being Isolated
The government announced today, March 10, that two out of nineteen COVID-19 patients have been declared negative for the virus yet still being isolated until the second test.

Dutch King Offers Apology for Past Violence
Dutch King Willem-Alexander offered a public apology to Indonesia over past excessive violence committed by its colonial troops during years after Indonesia declared its independence on August 17, 1945.

Indonesia prepares additional measures to stabilize markets, halt tax payments amid virus risks
Indonesia is preparing measures similar to those made during the 2008 global financial crisis, including buying back government bonds and halting income tax, to restore confidence in the financial markets and soften the economic impacts of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Earthquake Hits Sukabumi; Tremor Reaches Bogor, Jakarta
The tremor from a 5.0 earthquake that jolted Sukabumi, West Java today, March 10, at 5:18 p.m. local times reportedly reached Bogor and Jakarta areas.

Europe, Middle-East among regions poised to offset decreasing investments from China
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is setting its sights on alternative sources of foreign direct investments (FDI) because it expects the COVID-19 outbreak is about to cause a sharp decline in the flow of investments from China, Indonesia’s second-largest foreign investor.
— The Jakarta Post

14 COVID-19 patients at Persahabatan Hospital discharged, healthy
Persahabatan Central General Hospital (RSUP) in Pulogadung, East Jakarta, has discharged 14 patients who earlier displayed symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection, as of Tuesday, after they received intensive treatment and were declared healthy.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani appoints new spokesperson, tells official to fight fake news
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has appointed Rahayu Puspasari as the ministry’s new spokesperson replacing Nufransa Wira Sakti, who has been appointed to the expert staff for tax supervisory matters.
— The Jakarta Post

IMF calls for ‘substantial’ stimulus, coordination against virus
The International Monetary Fund called on governments worldwide Monday to join forces and roll out aggressive financial supports for the coronavirus-infected global economy, including direct payments to workers and businesses.
— The Jakarta Post

‘I did it!’: Six million taxpayers, including Sri Mulyani, report annual tax returns
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati could not hide her excitement after filing her annual tax return (SPT) in Jakarta on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

The Netherlands supports Indonesia in sustainable palm oil
The Netherlands supports Indonesia to produce sustainable palm oil as was manifested in a memorandum of understanding inked by the Dutch Government to apply a program to enhance knowledge and technology of Indonesia’s palm farmers.
— Antara News

Exclusive: Indonesia considers 2032 Olympics bid for new capital city with SoftBank’s help
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is weighing an audacious 2032 Olympics bid centered on the country’s not-yet-built new capital and is in early talks with SoftBank chief executive Masayoshi Son and other investors for support, sources said.
— Reuters

Norwegian company to build $70m solar plant in touristy Labuhan Bajo
Oslo-based multinational Scatec Solar plans to build a 70 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Labuan Bajo, a famous tourist destination in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
— The Jakarta Post

In Singapore’s neighbor Batam, malls empty, ferry trips reduced as virus fears lurk
Within walking distance of the Batam Center ferry port, which connects Indonesia and Singapore through a one-hour boat ride, the Mega Mall Batam Center looks a lot quieter than usual.
— The Jakarta Post

Profiteers cash in on irrationality over COVID-19 face masks
The government’s repeated warnings often go unheeded as irrationality prevails amidst the growing panic over news of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Indonesia in the past week.
— The Jakarta Post

Netherlands supports international trade agreements, says minister
Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag has said that the Netherlands supports international trade negotiations, including the ongoing process of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Indonesia and the European Union.
— Antara News

‘God’s will’: Health minister’s response on dengue fever deaths in East Nusa Tenggara
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has thanked local health workers for their efforts to tackle a dengue fever outbreak in East Nusa Tenggara’s Sikka regency despite the death of 13 patients to the mosquito-borne viral disease.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, the Netherlands ink MoU on infectious disease control
Indonesia and the Netherlands have inked several agreements, including on infectious disease control, during the Dutch Royals’ visit to Jakarta, according to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
— Antara News

Dengue fever claims 15 lives, fewer reported than COVID-19: Governor
Dengue fever in West Java Province claimed 15 lives from January to March, nevertheless it was less reported than the coronavirus, or COVID-19 outbreak, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said.
— Antara News

Pertamina cleans beaches in Balikpapan of possible oil pollution
State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina has cleaned several beaches in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, of what appears to be traces of an oil spill.
— The Jakarta Post

Six employees of Sebangau National Park succumb to boat accident
The Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Forestry (KLHK) is grieving the loss of six employees of the Sebangau National Park, who died in a speedboat accident in Sebangau River, Central Kalimantan, on Monday.
— Antara News

Persahabatan Hospital Isolates 8 Covid-19 Suspects
Persahabatan General Hospital announced that it has isolated eight people suspected to have been infected by the 2019 coronavirus, also known as Covid-19.

Rehab or Prison for ‘No Remorse’ Teen Murderer?
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission, or KPAI, has suggested rehabilitation instead of prison term would be a better course for a teenager who has admitted to killing a child in a gruesome murder case that has shocked the country.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia arrests six over coronoavirus internet hoaxes
Six Indonesians have been arrested for allegedly spreading misinformation online about the deadly coronavirus, police said Tuesday, as the Southeast Asian nation’s confirmed infection cases jumped.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian warships open to visitors to enliven “Garuda di Lautku”
Two Indonesian warships Dewaruci and Bima Suci-945 will be opened to public (open ship) on March 14-15, 2020, to enliven the coral reef transplantation activity “Garuda di Laut ku” (Garuda in My Sea).
— Antara News

Suspected COVID-19 patient discharged from Jakarta hospital
A patient has been discharged from Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital (RSPI) after a thorough medical examination confirmed that the patient is healthy and no longer infected with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Indonesian Student Wins World Food Day Poster Contest
An Indonesian high school student from Mojokerto, East Java, Muhammad Awalu Fatah (16), won first prize in a global Student Poster Contest for the 2019 World Food Day.

Supreme Court Overturns Graft Conviction of Ex-Pertamina President
The Supreme Court has acquitted Karen Agustiawan, the former president director of state-run oil company Pertamina, of graft charges by overturning an earlier district court verdict that saw her guilty of corruption and sentenced her to eight years’ imprisonment.
— Jakarta Globe

Greater Jakarta Online Motorcycle Taxi Fare Increases
The Transportation Ministry announced the increased Zone 2 online motorcycle taxi (ojek online) fare encompassing operational areas in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (greater Jakarta area) which will be effective on Monday, March 16.

BPK: State-losses in Jiwasraya Case Reach Rp16.9 Trillion
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) announced the temporary financial state-losses based on the audit on the alleged state-insurance Jiwasraya corruption case, which amounts to Rp16.9 trillion.

KAI: 30% Train Tickets for Eid Homecoming Sold Out
State-owned railway operator PT KAI stated that per March 10, at least 835,000 tickets for this year’s Eid homecoming or Lebaran had been sold out.

Indonesia Domestic Defense Industry Development in the Headlines With Deputy Defense Minister’s PT Pindad Visit
Last week, Indonesia’s deputy minister visited one of the facilities of Indonesia’s state-owned companies.
— The Diplomat

Police Probe Alleged Graft of Land Purchase for Zero DP Housing
The National Police were reportedly investigating an alleged corruption case in the land purchase committed by Jakarta-owned developer PD Sarana Jaya.

Jakpro Reportedly Considering to Postpone City’s Formula E Race
City-owned developer Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) is reportedly still considering to postpone the Formula E race in Monas amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The Jakarta E – Prix is initially slated for June 6, 2020.

Muhammadiyah launches public awareness campaign on COVID-19
Muhammadiyah’s COVID-19 Command Center launched a public awareness campaign on ways to reduce risks of contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, urging public at large to apply preventive measures for safeguarding their health.
— Antara News

Minister urges TNI, Police to bolster security in Papua
Indonesian Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian urged the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police to fortify security in Papua following shootings by an armed criminal group in Tembagapura, Papua.
— Antara News

VP Amin vouches for religious approach to placate global conflict
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin drew attention to the adoption of a religious approach to resolve global social conflicts, as he believes that the use of political and military channels only aggravated matters.
— Antara News

Public Works Ministry to take decision on KCIC project continuance
The Construction Safety Committee of the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry will decide on continuation of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project by PT China High-Speed Train Indonesia (KCIC) at a meeting, Tuesday afternoon.
— Antara News

Jambi BNN arrests four, confiscates 4.9-kg meth, 1,400 ecstasy pills
The Jambi Narcotics Agency (BNN) took four suspected drug traffickers into arrest and seized 4.9 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 1,400 ecstasy pills in West Tanjungjabung District, Jambi Province.
— Antara News

All 27 victims of speedboat collision in Central Kalimantan evacuated
All the 27 victims of a speedboat collision in Sebangau River in the Central Kalimantan provincial capital of Palangka Raya on Monday have been evacuated.
— Antara News

Four striking workers killed in car crash at East Java factory gates
Four striking workers at PT Sumber Bening Lestari, the producer of Flow mineral water, have died after a car crashed into a tent in which they were sleeping in front of the company’s gates in Pasuruan, East Java, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

South Sumatran farmers learn to manage own forests through government-run program
Edi Susanto of Muara Medak, South Sumatra, can now cultivate a plot of land in the village forest without being afraid of being chased by officers.
— The Jakarta Post

Batam, investment agency integrate licensing system to ease doing business
Batam in Riau Islands is set to implement a new online single submission (OSS) platform, namely the Indonesia-Batam OSS System (IBOSS), in an effort to digitize the issuance of business licenses in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia, Citilink to move all Yogyakarta flights to new international airport
The national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and its low-cost carrier subsidiary Citilink Indonesia are set to serve all inbound and outbound flights to Yogyakarta through the Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) in Kulon Progo regency starting March 29.
— The Jakarta Post

Villages in Indonesia lack skills to manage development funds
Village head Heriyan of Serjiabo, South Sumatra, has a lot on his plate when it comes to administering and managing the village funds.
— The Jakarta Post

Property market unaffected by coronavirus, but share prices plunge
Indonesia’s property market has been basically unaffected by the new coronavirus outbreak as the country’s property sales are less dependent on foreign buyers, studies have shown.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt procures water buses to support Lake Toba tourism, 2020 PON in Papua
The Transportation Ministry has procured four water buses to carry visitors on Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Sentani Lake in Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Long hard climb: Students clamber over a wall to reach their school in Kupang
A four-meter-tall wall has blocked an access road leading to Petra private Christian elementary school in Alak district, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), forcing students to climb over it on their way to the school.
— The Jakarta Post

Five students arrested over alleged sexual assault of female classmate in N. Sulawesi
The North Sulawesi Police have arrested five students who were allegedly involved in the sexual assault of a female schoolmate at a vocational high school in the province’s Bolaang Mongondow regency.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the Hindu Holi festival of colours, March 9-10.


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After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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